Passo Tonale is the most popular destination in Italy for learning to ski. There are 10 lifts at village level, accessing lots of short blue runs and a few longer reds higher up. Under careful tuition over 100 instructors, within a few days beginners will be ready to progress across the valley to the glacier, or down to Ponte di Legno's steeper slopes.
Intermediates can take the covered and fast four4-seater chairlift to Cima Bleis to be rewarded with a 4.5 km run with spectacular scenery. Head up the Valbiolo valley on the other side of Tonale and climb higher again to the more challenging Contrabandieri run for views across the whole valley. An area lift pass gives access to plenty more piste at Marilleva or Madonna di Campiglio, which are linked by ski bus.
There are some fast runs in Passo Tonale if you know where to look. Just down from the hotel of the same name, the Paradiso cable car rises to 2,585m, with a fun black run back down, or great off-piste options if you continue on up to the glacier - some of which are best accessed with a local guide. Down in Ponte di Legno there are some great blacks through the trees, which are handy when it's snowing.
With a variety of slopes graded from blue to black, the Presena Glacier offers skiing at over 3,000m, ensuring snow cover for the resort's early and late season dates. Its groomed runs aren't too challenging, but the top station gives access to some adventurous off-piste options over the back. One of the longest pistes in Europe - at 11km - drops 2,000m in altitude through stunning snowfields to the wooded slopes of Ponte di Legno. The new eight-person cable car gives access to two mountain refuges, with great food and drink on offer.
Rack up your mileage with a Ski Away-day to Madonna di Campiglio. Around a 1-hour bus ride away from Passo Tonale, you’ll get to witness the impressively jagged Brenta Dolomites while you try out runs perfect for all abilities. Challenge yourself on the Schumacher black run (named in honour of the famous Formula 1 driver) and explore 90km of off-piste snow. With your area lift pass, you get one free day to let loose on these fabulous slopes to cruise and carve to your heart’s content.
Local transport fee applicable. Speak to your rep for more details.
The Presena glacier - a monstrous 3,000m high glacier - hoards most of the off-piste skiing in Passo Tonale, though, if tree skiing is your thing, then the bowl near Bocchetta Blies opens up a channel through a steep, pine-lined forest.
Prices given below for lift passes, equipment hire, ski school and packages are for information purposes only and may fluctuate during the season. Current prices can be found by proceeding with your booking.
|6 Days ||Adult ||Youth (8-15) |
|Area (low) ||£180 ||£127 |
|Area (high) ||£205 ||£144 |
|Local (low) ||£154 ||£107 |
|Local (high) ||£178 ||£126 |
Low season: 8 Jan - 27 Jan 2017 and 12 Mar - 7 Apr 2017
High season: All other dates in season
Reduced prices for children under 7 years and seniors over 66 years.
Date of birth will be confirmed at time of booking.Lift pass coverage:
Local lift pass covers all lifts in Passo Tonale, Ponte di Legno, Temù and Presena. Area lift pass also covers one day in Madonna/Folgarida/Marilleva.Deposit required for lift pass:
A €5 deposit is required for the lift pass. Photo required for lift pass:
: Ski areas on the area lift pass are not linked and will require a bus journey to/from the resorts.
|6 Days ||Adult ||Child (4-12)* |
|Standard skis ||£47 ||£24 |
|Intermediate skis ||£56 ||- |
|Advanced skis ||£76 ||- |
|Ski boots ||£26 ||£16 |
|Snowboard ||£53 ||£34 |
|Snowboard boots ||£26 ||£16 |
|Helmet ||£9 ||£9 |
*Child board 5-13 years
|6 days - Adult ||Low ||High |
|Local lift pass + Standard skis ||£205 ||£227 |
|Local lift pass + Snowboard ||£210 ||£233 |
|Local lift pass + Ski carriage ||£175 ||£197 |
|Area pass + Intermediate skis ||£213 ||£235 |
|Area pass + Snowboard ||£210 ||£233 |
|Area pass + Ski carriage ||£198 ||£221 |
lift pass bundles do not include boots
| ||Days ||Adult ||Child (4-12)* |
|Ski tuition (2 hours) (low) ||6 ||£94 ||£94 |
|Ski tuition (2 hours) (high) ||6 ||£102 ||£102 |
|Board tuition (2 hours) ||5 ||£102 ||£102 |
* Child board 8-12 yearsUsual hours of instruction:
5 and 6 days: 2pm-4pm (Sun), 9am-11am (Mon-Fri)
3 days: 2pm-4pm (Sun), 9am-11am (Mon-Tue)Please note:
Some courses may need minimum numbers to run. However, if these are not reached, private tuition for less hours will be offered. Class times may vary during half-term holidays.
| ||Adult ||Youth (13-15) ||Child (8-12) |
|First Time ski (low) ||£288 ||£242 ||£210 |
|First Time ski (high) ||£295 ||£250 ||£217 |
|First Time board (low) ||£279 ||£238 ||£209 |
|First Time board (high) ||£300 ||£255 ||£225 |
For complete beginners only and includes 6-day local lift pass, 6 days' equipment hire, 6 days' ski tuition or 5 days' board tuition and child helmet.
| ||Adult ||Youth (13-15) ||Child (8-12 |
|Improver ski (low) ||£346 ||£291 ||£247 |
|Improver ski (high) ||£354 ||£299 ||£255 |
|Improver board (low) ||£328 ||£281 ||£248 |
|Improver board (high) ||£351 ||£296 ||£264 |
Includes 6 day area lift pass, 6 days equipment hire, 6 days ski tuition or 5 days board tuition and child helmet
Please be aware the use of helmets by those aged 14 and under is compulsory in all Italian resorts.